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The 12 Weirdest Paul McCartney Songs

Explore the mad-genius side of the silly-love songsmith

Paul McCartney weirdest songs

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Paul McCartney has long been pilloried as a writer of silly love songs: a master of melody, sure, but not forward-thinking, let alone radical. However, while John Lennon got most of the credit for the Beatles’ sonic experiments, McCartney has always had a mad-genius side of his own. Even “Silly Love Songs” begins with a clanking industrial beat. Don’t believe us? Check out 12 of Sir Paul’s weirdest tracks below.

(See Rolling Stone’s definitive ranking of McCartney’s 40 greatest solo songs here.)

Paul McCartney weirdest songs

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“Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” (1971)

You may have grown accustomed to it over the years, but this is one of the strangest Number One singles ever made. It includes vocals that sound like they were recorded over a policeman’s bullhorn, a flugelhorn solo, about five different sections jammed together, and that freaky “be a gypsy get around” coda. But McCartney’s gift for melody is so powerful, he makes it work, and the world sings along.

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